09:00 Our Guide will pick you up from
your hotel. Drive to Beijing Cuisine School. You are arranged
to learn cooking three different dishes, and know about the
Chinese culinary skill. Prepare one dish with the assistance
of the experts of the school. You enjoy the three dishes as
your lunch at the school canteen. During your stay at the school,
you also have the chance to attend cooking lessons.
After lunch, drive to a vegetable market
where local people come for buying meats, vegetable, spices
and other necessities for making Chinese dishes. Then go to
one of the branches of the century-old traditional Daoxiangcun
Foodstuffs Store. The store used to produce light snack served
to the royal family or governmental officials in the Qing
Dynasty (1644-1911). Now the store has become one of the local
people's must-have snacks of Beijing.
Tour to Beijing Gaobeidian Village, visit
the Tonghui River, then visit Gaobeidian Classic Furniture
Street, seeing people how to make classic furniture. Go on
visiting Gaobeidian Chinese Folk Custom Park. Finally visit
a local famer's house, talking with the locals, having tea,
taking part in making the dinner-dumpling and having dinner
with the family. Be transferred back to your hotel after the
Tonghui River: During
the Yuan dynasty a further canal, the Tonghui River, connected
Tongzhou with a wharf called the Houhai or "rear sea"
in central Beijing. In the Ming and Qing dynasties, however,
the water level in the Tonghui River dropped and it was impossible
for ships to travel from Tongzhou to Beijing. Tongzhou became
the northern shipping terminus of The Grand Canal (The Grand
Canal in China, also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal
is the longest canal or artificial river in the world. Starting
at Beijing, it passes through Tianjin and the provinces of
Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the city of Hangzhou.).
Cargoes were unloaded at Tongzhou and transported to Beijing
by land. The Tonghui river still exists as a wide, concrete
lined storm-channel and drain for the suburbs of Beijing.
Gaobeidian Classic Furniture Street:
One of the best antique furniture markets in Beijing. After
10 years¡¯ development, the 1500 meter-long market
holds more than 300 stores specializing in reproducing furniture
of Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as antique decorations,
ceramics, and new concept furniture with old wood.